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Bechamel Sauce

  • Yield: About 4 cups


  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt, freshly ground white pepper and grated nutmeg


  • Combine the oil and flour in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk to make a smooth paste. Cook, stirring, constantly, until the mixture is a pale blond color, about 3 minutes. Gradually add the milk, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. Season with the salt, pepper and nutmeg. It there any lumps in the mixture, strain before using.